Engineered Quartz for ships, yachts and Cruises – project highlight: the Sun Princess®
Engineered quartz: MKW Surfaces was recently involved in the £20.000.000 refurbishment of this ship from Princess Cruises, one of the premiere cruise lines in the globe carrying over 1 million passengers worldwide.
The Sun Princess cruise can host almost 2000 passengers and weighs 77 tons. It was built in 1995 at a cost of 400 million dollars.
This is its second refurbishment, christened by Lady Dorothy Sterling who is married to Lord Jeffrey, the Chairman of P&O cruises.
The Sun Princess counts with a steakhouse, 2 main dining rooms for its passengers, a pizzeria, sushi and seafood bar, a cafe, a buffet restaurant and a grill restaurant. It also has an ice cream bar and luxury balcony dining with 24hs room service. The use of natural stones on cruises is a long standing tradition. Engineered Quartz on ships, yachts and cruises is becoming popular by the day due to its resilience to scratches and stains whilst matching exotic and expensive looks only achieved by natural stones such as rare marbles and granites in the past.
The International Cafe (below) features various granites and marbles to emphasize a luxurious environment.
The Kai Sushi Bar (below) has a pattern of brown and beige marbles on its dining areas
The Sun Princess cruise ship also counts with several showrooms and lounges, fitness and children centers, casino, library and boutiques amongst other facilities.
MKW Surfaces’ task was to produce 74 bespoke pieces for 8 rooms, Spa and relaxation areas including a reception and a manicure desk.
The client specification was a mix of engineered quartz resembling Bianco Carrara and Portoro marble.
Engineered quartz is popular in its 12mm thickness versions for yachts due to its weight although it isn’t always required, especially in larger ships such as this one.
We produced pieces ranging from 20mm in thickness up to 70mm in areas that were required to provide an opulent look and visual impact.
The pieces were manufactured and finished in London, carefully packed in crates and sent to a port for their subsequent arrival in Singapore.